Lee & Hayes’ Litigation Practice Group resolves disputes in all types of complex commercial and intellectual property litigation.  We support clients in federal, state, appellate, regulatory, and administrative matters.  Our team is client-focused, ensuring that your representation is cost-effective and responsive to business objectives.

Our team’s national reach and industry experts assures that your case is staffed with experienced litigators and subject matter experts suited for the particular needs of your case.  This well-rounded approach provides our clients the necessary expertise to navigate the myriad of challenges presented in litigation.

Complex Commercial Litigation

Our attorneys handle all types of intellectual property litigation, as well as complex commercial litigation involving contracts and leases, franchise disputes, environmental issues, insurance coverage disputes, employment, real estate, construction, and banking related issues.  In addition, our attorneys have robust experience in electronic discovery (e-discovery), which is a paramount skill in all types of litigation.  Lee & Hayes’ litigation attorneys encourage clients to consider alternative methods to resolve disputes, including negotiation, arbitration or settlement, recognizing the expense and resources expended during the litigation process.

Patent Litigation

The firm’s extensive history in patent prosecution, combined with the firm’s experienced litigators and broad technical expertise, make us highly effective advocates in patent infringement litigation in Federal district courts across the country.  We are also particularly adept at handling Post Grant Review proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) including inter partes review and covered business method review.

Other Intellectual Property Litigation

We specialize in handling copyright infringement, trademark and trade dress infringement, trademark dilution, trade secrets, false advertising, licensing, Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), unfair competition, and anti-counterfeiting customs litigation.


  • Recipient of the U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” as a Spokane Tier 1 Firm for Commercial Litigation
  • Recipient of the U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” for Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Recipient of the U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” for Criminal Defense: Non-White-Collar & White Collar

Attorneys in the Litigation Practice Group


Bob Carlson

Patent Attorney – Partner – Seattle

Christopher Lynch

Patent Attorney – Partner – Spokane

John Shumaker - Ph.D.

Patent Attorney – Partner – Austin

Geana Van Dessel

Attorney – Partner – Spokane

William Dyer III

Patent Attorney – Partner – Atlanta

Rob Madayag III

Patent Attorney – Partner – Atlanta

Sarah Elsden

Litigation Attorney – Spokane

Rhett Barney

Attorney – Spokane

Bryce Wilcox

Attorney – Partner – Spokane

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